Friday, August 15, 2008

New Video Series: Grandmaster Chess Endgames

In pursuing my own work on endgame study I launched a new video series on Grandmaster Chess Endgame play. The first video can be viewed here and it goes over an interesting game between Bobby Fischer and Rodolfo Cardoso. While Fischer was not yet a Grandmaster at the time of his match with Cardoso, it was just prior to his amazing rise to the top levels of the global chess scene.

In creating the video, I also found the story of Rodolfo Cardoso to be very interesting. According to what I could find, Cardoso was the world's first Asian International Master, with a track record of strong chess performances to his credit. In 1956 he won the Philippine Junior Championships, and also won a silver medal at the Chess Olympiads in Moscow in 1956. Cardoso was also the Philippine champion in 1958 and 1963.

The PGN file of the lines covered in the video can be downloaded on the lower left in the match feed section.

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